French Roast Coffee Walnut Brownies With Strawberries

These brownies are fabulously:

  • Vegan
  • Sugar-free/fruit-sweetened
  • Oil-free
  • Can be prepared gluten-free with oat flour or another gluten-free flour of choice

I used spelt flour, which is not gluten-free, but the taste of these brownies should be excellent with oat flour or another GF flour.

I promise, you will not taste the beans! I love to enjoy these brownies as an after lunch or dinner treat or simply on their own with warm tea. As for the walnut flour, you can make your own walnut “flour” by grinding up raw walnuts in a food processor or high-powered blender. That’s all that walnut flour is.

A note about the coffee: I use certified Organic Fair Trade Coffee. Purchasing fair trade ensures that family farmers in remote locations are paid reasonably for the coffee beans rather than remain vulnerable to payment worth only a fraction of the true value of the beans by middlemen who don’t have these farmer’s best interests at heart.

Dark French Roast Coffee Walnut Brownies With Strawberries

Makes 9-12 brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cooked black beans (or canned)
  • 2 very ripe, medium sized bananas
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark French roast coffee
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 12 soft medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup walnut flour (this is simply ground up raw walnuts)
  • 1 ½ cups spelt flour (you can also use oat flour, quinoa flour, whole-wheat flour or a combination of these flours)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon baking powder
1 cup fresh organic strawberries, sliced (defrosted frozen also works)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare walnut flour in a food processor or high-powered blender and store leftover walnut flour in a container in the refrigerator for future use! Walnut flour lasts for weeks upon weeks, although it should ideally be used within three weeks for optimal taste.

Clean food processor or blender and follow directions below.

Mix the first eight ingredients together in a food processor or blender (from black beans to water) and blend until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

Mix the spelt flour, walnut flour and baking powder in a large bowl and once completely mixed, add the blended ingredients to the bowl along with the dry ingredients. Stir very well until the flours are completely incorporated into the batter.

Stir strawberries through and pour into an 8 x 8 inch brownie pan.

Bake for 30 minutes and let cool for at least 15 minutes before eating.

To cut clean slices, I recommend placing the pan in the freezer for 10-15 minutes so that the brownies harden and the slices will be smooth and less messy.

Enjoy!

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